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Electric News in Colonial Algeria

Arthur Asseraf

April 2022

ISBN: 9780192864017

256 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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Oxford Historical Monographs

Price: £30.00

As Algeria became connected to international news networks during French colonial rule in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this study examines how news spread through communities and across social divides, how new media changed the communication landscape, and how surveillance by the French government played a role.

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As Algeria became connected to international news networks during French colonial rule in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this study examines how news spread through communities and across social divides, how new media changed the communication landscape, and how surveillance by the French government played a role.

  • Analyses the circulation of news in Algeria under French rule in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Presents a new understanding of how communication and information flows changed the dynamics of imperial rule.
  • Demonstrates the changes provided by new technologies such as the printing press, telegraph, cinema, and radio as they interacted with older media like songs, rumours, letters, and manuscripts.
  • Provides a new way of analysing modern global history by looking at Algeria's connections to the wider world.

About the Author(s)

Arthur Asseraf, Lecturer in the history of France and the Francophone World, University of Cambridge

Arthur Asseraf is a historian of North Africa, France, and the Mediterranean. Born and raised in Paris, he was Examination Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, before joining the History Faculty at Cambridge. His research focuses on global histories of colonialism, race, and information.

Table of Contents

    List of Figures
    List of Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1:Magical Printing
    2:Arab Telephone
    3:War-Time
    4:Old Waves
    5:Palestine the Martyr
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Asseraf provides a wealth of new perspectives on information, engagement and resistance in colonial Algeria, and opens new lines of enquiry for scholars of news and media in North Africa and elsewhere." - Charlotte Ann Legg, Journal of North African Studies